KASU

Kennett MO

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Dunklin County residents are voting August seventh on two propositions that would, if passed, lead to the construction of a new hospital in Kennett.  There have been several concerns from Dunklin County citizens about the propositions, which led to the county’s three commissioners to hold public forums throughout the county to present information about the taxes that will be voted on.  The first public forum was held Thursday night in the northern Dunklin County town of Malden.  Just over 40 residents showed up at the meeting.

When Melissa Combs thinks about the days after residents in the southeast Missouri town of Kennett learned they were going to lose their hospital, she remembers the reaction of the community.

“Devastation, lots of sleepless nights, the entire community was wrecked.”

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Dunklin County Residents will go to the polls in August to decide on two ballot issues for the construction of a new hospital in Kennett. 

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On June 30th, the residents of Kennett, Missouri will lose their hospital.  A consolidation of the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center Kennett and the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is leading to the closing of the facility.  In response to this, area physicians and St. Bernards Healthcare have been working to ensure the over two-thousand residents in Kennett will not be without medical care.  Two urgent care clinics will open July first.  Kennett Mayor Bob Hancock says in addition to those clinics, emergency services will still be provided.

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KENNETT, Mo. (AP) — The sudden closure of a hospital has left some expectant mothers in the Missouri Bootheel region scrambling for care in an area that already has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the U.S.